What are electric vehicles and why do we want them?
Electric vehicles (EVs) are cars and trucks that can run partly or fully on electricity, and which can be connected to an external source of power to charge up, just like your phone. Some types rely entirely on an electrical charge, and some types can be charged up and filled with gasoline, like a regular car.
Transportation is a significant contributor to the greenhouse gas emissions that are driving climate change. Although EVs are not entirely without greenhouse gas emissions (electricity production in Florida still generates some greenhouse gases), they are typically much lower than fossil-fuel powered cars. And as Florida's electrical grid becomes greener, so do EVs.
There are some barriers to EV adoption. EVs are typically more expensive to purchase than regular vehicles, although there are some incentives available and more on the way (search the Department of Energy's Alternative Fuel Data Center list of federal, state, and local incentives HERE), and maintenance of EVs can cost less. Additionally, potential EV drivers may experience range anxiety, the fear of running out of power, and being stranded with nowhere to charge the vehicle. However, local, state, and federal governments, as well as the private sector, are working hard to increase the availability of public EV chargers! Click HERE for a map of EV charging station locations around the US and Canada.
Does the County have any electric vehicle charging stations?